Do you have a part of your garden that just strikes you. A place that, for some indefinable reason (lighting, location, content, line, something) resonates within you and you respond emotionally?
While I have enjoyed all my views over the years, something happened last Fall. Remember when Craig and I transfered Mom's raised beds to my place (soil and all)? (click HERE)
The selected location (1st pic) was never anything special, just convenient - and empty. I never really wanted raised beds, but I DID want to keep Mom from all the work (up a hill) she did to garden in them. So I absconded with the whole shebang and grassed over that area of her lawn.
Craig and I made 3 beds out of Mom's 2 long ones. A utility project for sure.
Then, something happened. Even with nothing in them, even without plans for contents, something happened. From where I stood to take the 2nd photo - something resonated. For no good reason. I could stand there and look at that view and JUST FEEL GOOD. Thoughts of bills, Mom, weather, health, golfers - you name it, it was gone. Nuthin. It was almost like when you strain to hear some faraway enchanting music.
Wow. What was THAT all about. It didn't feel like deja vu - there was no feeling of familiarity. But it was visceral.
Early this year I was very very ill. In May N. moved my large rhubarb plants into the bottom-most bed. Then, early in July during a lull in symptoms, I had 12-18 extra zin plants so just plunked them into the other 2 beds. No plan. Just didn't want to toss the zins onto the compost.
Then I got to feeling better. Meanwhile the zins did well - not eaten by the deer.
By August I was mowing occasionally and the first time I came around the bottom of the ring bed, past the white pines, I practically froze at the view. I think I sat there on the mower, still, just looking at this line, this sweep, this ... view. It grabbed me so and I DON'T KNOW WHY!
Anyway, this spot is strange and all I can do is appreciate it. Someday I'll take someone else back there and see if there is any reaction. Probably not. Silly, huh?
How about you? Do your gardens have magic too?